Christmas Craft Fair and Bazaar is held on the Third Saturday in November from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Mother of Divine Providence Christmas Craft Fair & Bazaar is held annually on the 3rd Saturday of November. It provides the community with an opportunity to come together for fellowship and fun, while getting a jump start on their Christmas shopping. This parish affair is the longest running of any other MDP event spanning back, over 50 years, to the days of our founding pastor, Fr. McGrory. Back then, the bazaar was a weekend long celebration beginning on Friday and culminating with Breakfast with Santa on Sunday morning. About 15 years ago the bazaar took a hiatus for a few years and returned in 2001 as a one day parish event.
Over 130 spaces are sold throughout the school and Providence Hall to crafters who covet the opportunity to participate in this craft fair. They relish the opportunity to display and sell their “handmade-only” items in a venue that limits the number of each type of craft to maintain a varied show. This event is a true spectacle of talent and artisanship that has consistently drawn over 1000 shoppers through the doors during the 6 hours it runs.
Not to be overshadowed by the beautiful crafts, the bazaar committee takes pride in organizing other attractions and booths for visitors. To promote community building within our parish, all MDP groups are invited to assist in some way, whether to organize a booth or volunteer. There is the café which offers an extensive array of food sold throughout the day, as well as a handmade items booth stocked by our parishioners who display their talents and workmanship. There are also children’s games, baked goods, a white elephant, raffles, and many other attractions, including a visit from Santa and a very special elf.
All are welcome to participate by shopping, eating and partaking in the spirit of the bazaar, as well as joining the diverse committee which works hard and laughs a lot while planning. Our group is comprised of both the young and old, MDP school parents and Religious Ed parents, married folks and singles. We are a true testament to the entire parish! Reference the weekly parish bulletin for contact information if you are interested in joining.
Please check the Holiday Gazette for specific information pertaining to this year’s craft fair and bazaar. If you are a crafter and wish to participate, please follow the link below to the application form.
13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR AND BAZAAR
All parishioners and friends of MDP are invited to participate in the upcoming Christmas Craft Fair & Bazaar, to be held on Saturday, November 16th, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the school.
Plans for the bazaar have been underway for the past six months to provide something for everyone. Over 120 spots have been sold to crafters who will offer an exciting array of items to those getting a head start on their Christmas shopping. There are many new crafters attending this year, as well as those returning from previous bazaars. Ready and waiting for early bird shoppers, booths staffed by our own parishioners will also be available that day.
Included in our special parish booths will be the Tombola Booth and the Books, Movies and Music Booth. The Tombola Booth will feature baskets filled with themed items, while the latter will offer gently used books, CDs and DVDs for your very own home entertainment pleasure. Stop by and pick up some family friendly films or CDs for a enjoyable evening at home.
For both children and adults, Santa will make a special visit from the North Pole. Bring your camera and take a picture if you’d like, and as an added bonus, a very special elf will be passing out candy canes to all good boys and girls. You can see Santa between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. You may also look forward to the return of the Children’s Game Booth providing entertainment for all kids.
Newly named this year is the Handmade Community Crafts Booth (formerly One of a Kind). It will feature an assortment of hand-made items made and donated by our own parishioners. So many of our talented parishioners have offered their time to help stock this booth, we are most grateful.
Don’t forget about those Chance Books that were mailed recently to all parishioners. The chances list prizes ranging from $50.00 to $500.00. The drawing will be held at 2:30 pm on Saturday. Have you sent yours back yet? They may also be dropped off at the Chance Booth at the bazaar.
Our Café will again provide us with breakfast, lunch and snacks. Volunteers have been working overtime to provide attendees a large variety from which to choose. For breakfast, you can choose from donuts or bagels to go with your coffee, tea or juice. In addition to meatball sandwiches, chili, hot dogs and pork sandwiches at lunch time, the Café will sell pasta salad, tossed salads, pierogies and other tasty fare. This year we’re asking for your support. If you are able to donate a needed food item, please log on to www.perfectpotluck.com to sign up. A list and all other related information is provided on the site. The coordinator’s last name is obrien and the password is mdp (both are case sensitive).
The ever popular Baked Goods Booth will feature a variety of baked goods that our generous parishioners donate. Please consider donating your specialty. Your help is integral to the success of this booth.
To identify our parish booths, look for the red and white signs with poinsettia graphics on them.
As in the past, all proceeds from this event will benefit our entire parish. If you are interested in helping set up, clean up or volunteer at a booth, or if you have any other questions, please contact Donna at 610-337-3814 or email@example.com. Your help is vital to the success of this event.
SEE YOU AT THE BAZAAR, AND HAPPY SHOPPING!